ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Arabic Studies at Goucher?

The mission of the Center for the Study of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Culture is twofold: to strengthen the liberal arts undergraduate curriculum at Goucher College by providing language programs of broad scope and high quality and to engage students in compelling transnational issues through the study of cultural texts produced by other countries.

Our faculty is international and interdisciplinary in its research and teaching, offering courses in areas as diverse as film, literature, culture, anthropology, theater, folklore, socio-linguistics, and ecology.



LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

Goucher offers innovative classes that introduce Arab cultures and thought, including a three-week intensive course (ICA) in the city of Nazareth every other year with a focus on Arabic films and language. Arabic language courses are student-centered, and all language classes are taught by a native speaker. The Arabic curriculum is always being rewritten with significant input from Arabic students.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Students with a minor in Arabic studies must accumulate a minimum of 18 credits at the 200- and 300-levels, with at least one course at the 300-level, and one Goucher-sponsored study abroad program to ensure the experiential component of Arabic studies. Literature courses continue to develop language skills while culture and civilization courses explore social, political, and intellectual developments.

Course Curriculum


Major & Minor Program Contacts
Mark Ingram, Department Chair

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Zahi Khamis, Professor in Practice in Arabic

Study Abroad

By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher language students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. 

Although Goucher currently does not offer any Arabic language programs abroad, students are welcome to select a program of their choosing to fulfill their study abroad requirement. (All programs must be approved by the college.) Visit the Office of Global Education for more information.

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Handshake — a website for job postings, events, resumes/cover letters, and career management.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.